Toyohashi Chapter

Published: Sat, 12/06/2008 - 9:56am

Toyohashi JALT usually meets the 3rd Sunday of the month on the campus of Aichi University in Toyohashi. Feel free to come join us.

Chapter Officers

Anthony Robins
Dan Devolin
Simon Sanada
Hiroshi Komura
Eric Hankin

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Upcoming Events

Takayuki Nagamine
Irum Shahzadi
Sunday, 29 January 2017 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm

The current trend in pronunciation seems to be shifting from pursuit of native-like pronunciation to mutual intelligibility among the speakers, in the form of English as an International Language (EIL) or English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). It is known that the phonetic variables in an accent trigger different attitudes in the hearer towards the speaker, which is also true of L2 English. However, there has been little research into the phonetic features produced by Japanese learners of English and the need to pay more attention to them in terms of intelligibility and attitudes. The speaker will present his own study identifying the phonetic variables produced by Japanese university students. A real-time accent judgement paradigm was used and will be demonstrated with participants to show some possible effects accents can cause for a wide range of listeners from different backgrounds. Implications from the study for English Language Teaching in Japan will also be discussed.
Having majored in English teaching at Aichi University of Education, in Autumn 2015 Takayuki continued on to the Masters course in Linguistics at University College London (UCL). His main interests lie in General Linguistics, particularly in Sociolinguistics and Practical Phonetics. He has now completed his course and is working back at Aichi University of Education where he plays a role as a research assistant involved in various projects and helping students deepen their interest in English and Linguistics.
There will be a second presentation in which the position of English as a language of education and daily life in Pakistan will be explained by Irum Shahzadi, a visiting scholar at Aichi University of Education. The importance of World Englishes has been established for a considerable time now, and provides a contrast to the rigid exonormative standards of ELT in Japan.

Adam Murray
Saturday, 11 February 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm

In the first part, Adam will talk about the impact of anxiety on foreign language learning. He personally became interested in this area of research from his experiences learning and using Japanese. Although the majority of anxiety-related research focuses on speaking, his research is on foreign language listening anxiety. He conducted a medium-sized study with 176 undergraduate students who were enrolled in compulsory EFL classes for non-English majors at four universities. In this talk, he will explain the design of the study in both practical and theoretical terms, and also describe the relationship between listening anxiety and performance on the one-way listening tasks based on the listening section of the TOEIC test.
In the second part, he will talk about listening instruction in the classroom, especially about some of the issues that need to be considered when selecting listening materials (authentic vs. textbook). Also, he will refer to an ongoing study of students’ perceptions of listening materials in terms of perceived difficulty. Finally, he will demonstrate some supplementary listening activities that can be easily adapted for any class.
Adam Murray is an experienced educator who is currently teaching at Miyazaki International College. For almost a decade, he has been teaching English as a Foreign Language to Japanese university students. His research interests are listening instruction, materials development, and assessment. He is currently the coordinator of the JALT Materials Writers Special Interest Group.


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